The Best Football Players Ever Football Players (American)

The Best Football Players Ever

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List Criteria: Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.


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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Wide receiver

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  2. 2
    + 6899
    - 2528


    Running back

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  3. 3
    + 7239
    - 2957


    Quarterback

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  4. 4
    + 6717
    - 2097


    Running back

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  5. 5
    + 4921
    - 2265


    Linebacker

    ;
  6. 6
    + 4393
    - 2239


    Running back, Fullback

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  7. 7
    + 4533
    - 1698

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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  8. 8
    + 5449
    - 3947

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  9. 9
    + 3826
    - 1614


    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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  10. 10
    + 5702
    - 4057

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  11. 11
    + 3718
    - 2108


    Quarterback

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  12. 12
    + 3853
    - 1839


    Linebacker

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  13. 13
    + 3682
    - 1765


    Quarterback

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  14. 14
    + 3770
    - 1684


    Running back

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  15. 15
    + 3574
    - 1716


    Quarterback

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  16. 16
    + 3238
    - 1436


    Wide receiver

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  17. 17
    + 3388
    - 835

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

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  18. 18
    + 2913
    - 1111


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  19. 19
    + 2802
    - 1177


    Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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  20. 20
    + 2908
    - 1453


    Linebacker, Center

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  21. 21
    + 2893
    - 1329


    Quarterback

    ;
  22. 22
    + 2575
    - 1536

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  23. 23
    + 2086
    - 1080


    Running back

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  24. 24
    + 2634
    - 893

    ranked low on reranks
    Defensive end

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  25. 25
    + 2230
    - 990


    Running back

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  26. 26
    + 2003
    - 787


    Wide receiver

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  27. 27
    + 2443
    - 1310


    Running back

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  28. 28
    + 2017
    - 1147


    Quarterback

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  29. 29
    + 1712
    - 981


    Linebacker

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  30. 30
    + 1989
    - 1282

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Tight end

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  31. 31
    + 1569
    - 890


    Quarterback

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  32. 32
    + 1958
    - 976


    Quarterback

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  33. 33
    + 1621
    - 799


    Running back

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  34. 34
    + 1311
    - 416

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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  35. 35
    + 1761
    - 959


    Quarterback

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  36. 36
    + 1298
    - 476

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  37. 37
    + 1703
    - 901

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Running back

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  38. 38
    + 1612
    - 964

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  39. 39
    + 1491
    - 726


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  40. 40
    + 1323
    - 534


    Strong Safety

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  41. 41
    + 1321
    - 484

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  42. 42
    + 1529
    - 958


    Running back, Return specialist

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  43. 43
    + 1699
    - 1061


    Quarterback

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  44. 44
    + 1591
    - 1063


    Quarterback

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  45. 45
    + 1360
    - 868


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  46. 46
    + 1371
    - 752


    Free Safety

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  47. 47
    + 1206
    - 914

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  48. 48
    + 1737
    - 945


    Quarterback

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  49. 49
    + 1113
    - 486


    Defensive end

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  50. 50
    + 1460
    - 770


    Tight end

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